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Nintendo Has A New President As Kimishima-san Retires

Passing on the baton.

68-year-old Tatsumi Kimishima has retired from his role as president of Nintendo after two and a half years in the job. He took on the role after his predecessor, Satoru Iwata, sadly passed away in 2015, stewarding the company through the tail end of the Wii U era and through the first year of the hugely popular Nintendo Switch.

He has been replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa, who was a board member of Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. At 46 years old, Furukawa feels like a longer term leader for the company. Nintendo say that, now that hardware sales have improved, it’s the right time for them to pass the job on to a younger leader once more.

European Nintendo fans are also due to see some change, as NoE head Satoru Shibata is returning to Nintendo headquarters and taking on a new role as a Director at the company. Just as Iwata was one the face of Nintendo Direct around the world, Shibata would host parts of the semi-regular streams in Europe. There’s no word on who his replacement will be.

Source: Nintendo

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